We made two very conscious decisions in our redesign that we believe are in the best interests of our readers. First, we decided that we should not open new browser windows. New windows are confusing on mobile devices and often annoying in desktop browsers. New windows, even if they open as new tabs, are first cousins to pop-ups and nobody likes those.
Together, however, the two decisions pose an unfortunate challenge: Twitter and Facebook both return readers back to our site after completing the share, but LinkedIn and Google both leave readers stranded with no visible path back to our site except the back button.
So we’re wondering: is it better for our readers for us to open a new window for sharing in those sites, knowing that doing so would break the back button, or is the back button enough?
As an extra, here are the docs on how to construct URLs to share on the social network sites we used: